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KABUL, (AFP) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai left on Thursday for neighbouring Iran to attend a regional conference, his office said

Karzai will deliver a speech to the meeting, the fourth to be held between the tripartite group of Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan, which share a language and Persian culture.

The Western-backed Karzai will hold talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, aiming to building stronger ties between the countries, Karzai’s office said in a statement.

Kabul has good relations with Tehran despite being heavily reliant militarily and financially on the United States, which has been at loggerheads with Iran for decades.

Secret US military documents posted on whistleblower website WikiLeaks suggest that Iran provides hefty support to insurgents fighting US-led troops in Afghanistan. Ahmadinejad has denied the allegations.

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Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

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